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Talking Walk-in (drop in speech and language therapy assessments for early years)


If your child is under 5, and having difficulties talking, communicating, drinking or swallowing, the Speech and Language Therapy service may be able to help.

Small and consistent changes that you can make at home and nursery will help your child. 

The Speech and Language Therapy service run monthly groups called Talking Walk-in which are run from Children's Centres all over the borough.

If you want to attend a group you can just turn up at one of the sessions.

A speech and language therapist will see you and your child play in a group setting; and be able to advise you on what any next steps should be regarding additional support.  

Sessions run from venues including: 

  • John Scott Health Centre
  • Stamford Hill Community Centre
  • Linden Children's Centre
  • Daubeney Children's Centre
  • Sebright Children's Centre
  • Ann Tayler Children's Centre
  • John Cass Children's Centre
  • Lubavitch Children's centre (these session must be booked - 0208 809 9050)

Dates for Talking Walk-in session are kept up to date on the Speech and Language Therapy Service's own website. 

Find out more: Get Hackney Talking - walk-in in session dates

Alternatively a flyer is available in the download section of this page. 

Talking Walk-in sessions are for children under 5 who have not yet started school.

If your child is at school full time, the school will have a link Speech and Language Therapist. The schools SENCo (special educational needs coordinator) will be able to make a referral. 

Find out more about the service: Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service for Hackney and the City

Page last updated: 02/08/17

Record Last Updated on: 12/10/2018

Time / Date Details

Session Information

John Scott Health Centre - 1st Monday of month 9.30am - 11am
Stamford Hill Community Centre - 3rd Tuesday of month 1.30 – 3pm
Linden Children’s Centre - 3rd Wednesday of month 9.30 – 11am
Daubeney Children’s Centre - 1st Wednesday of month 9.30 – 11am
Sebright Children’s Centre - Last Tuesday of month 1.30 – 3pm
Ann Tayler Children’s Centre - 2nd Monday of month 9.30 - 11am
Lubavitch Children’s Centre -Last Tuesday of month 1.30- 3pm (not a drop in – call to make an appointment)
For dates that fall on a bank holiday, contact the Speech & Language Therapy department for next available date

Other Details



Referral required?


Referral Details

Access criteria:

  • Children under 5 years old
  • Resident in Hackney or the City
  • NOT attending a Hackney Learning Trust School

Just drop-in

It is possible to complete a referral form, in which case you will be sent a specific date and time and will be followed up if you do not attend. 

If your child attends full-time school, please contact the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) in the school who can help you access support from the speech and language therapist in school.

GP's in Hackney can also refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Service. 

Can parents & young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?


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